Luke 5:31 (NKJV) Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Alcohol abuse and substance abuse is a huge problem in our world today. I was reading how big a problem it is? Over 18 million Americans have alcohol problems. More than 9 million children currently live in homes with an alcohol-dependent parent. And more than half of all American adults have a family history impacted along the way by alcoholism.

The last statistic is worse than it sounds. Half of all American adults have alcohol abuse in their family history. That’s important because alcohol abuse isn’t an individual problem. And it doesn’t end when the alcoholic passes away, leaves, or even sobers up. Alcoholism affects both the alcoholic and everyone who loves him or her.

But, I sincerely believe there is hope. Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous, Adult Children of Alcoholics, and Celebrate Recovery, are all designed to help family members along with the alcoholic. Seek help if your family has been impacted by alcoholism. The Lord would never leave us without hope!

Point to ponder- Remember, within each of us lies the capacity to grow and change the way we act and feel. And that doesn’t mean that God will give us peace from the storms of life. God will instead give us peace in the midst of the storms of life.

In His Service,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.

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